Deputy Chief, Captain & Lieutenant Promotions

August 22, 2022

On Monday July 11th, 2022, the Board of Police Commissioners voted unanimously to promote Captain Michael Maloney to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. The effective date of his promotion has yet to be determined; however, once effective, Michael will oversee the three divisions of the police department: Patrol Division, Investigative Division and the Administrative Division. Thereafter, on Thursday, July 28, 2022, the Board of Police Commissioners voted unanimously to promote Lieutenant David Keaveny to the rank of Captain of the Investigative Division and Sergeant Nicholas Small to the rank of Lieutenant assigned to the Patrol Division.

Deputy Chief Maloney is a 24-year veteran of the Portsmouth Police Department, having held supervisory roles in each division within the department. He was hired in 1998 as a Patrol Officer and after ten years was promoted to Patrol Sergeant. In 2009, he was promoted to Lieutenant assigned to the Investigative Division where he supervised day-to-day operations along with major case investigations, including crimes against persons, narcotics and Homeland Security matters.

In 2013, Michael was assigned to the Personnel and Training Division where he oversaw all department recruitment, hiring, training and was responsible for policy creation and implementation. Following his assignment in Personnel and Training, he served as Patrol Lieutenant and Professional Standards Lieutenant where he oversaw the department’s effort to achieve its’ first ever national accreditation through CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies). In 2019, he was promoted to Captain of the Patrol Division, overseeing all operations in addition to major event planning, grant initiatives and strategic planning.

Michael has served as a member of the Seacoast Emergency Response Team for 21 years; the last 12 years as Team Commander overseeing all operations of the regional tactical team which services 15 seacoast communities.

Deputy Chief Maloney resides in Portsmouth with his wife and two children and is active in the community coaching youth sports. He is excited to pursue this career opportunity and looks forward to working with all members of the Police Department as it serves the needs of our community.

Captain Keaveny is in his 19th year with the Portsmouth Police Department and has served 22 years overall as a Veteran Law Enforcement Professional. After a decade as a Patrol Officer, Dave was promoted to the position of Patrol Sergeant and then transitioned to Detective Sergeant for three years, serving in the Investigative Division. In 2019, Dave was promoted to Patrol Lieutenant overseeing the Patrol Division’s evening shift. In 2021, Dave was appointed to the Professional Standards Unit where he oversaw the CALEA accreditation program and other administrative duties.

In addition, he served for 6 years with the Seacoast Emergency Response Team, was a Field Training Officer, a Crime Scene Team member and served on the Accident Investigation Team. He is currently serving on the Seacoast Mental Health Board of Directors and has been since January of 2020.

Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire Whittemore School of Business. He lives in the Seacoast area with his wife of 17 years and their two children. Dave looks forward to working in the Investigative Division once again and is grateful for his family, co-workers, and the community’s support.

Lt. Small is in his 21st year as a police officer. He began his law enforcement career with the Hooksett Police Department in 2001 and became a police officer in Portsmouth in 2010.

During his career, Nick has worked as a Patrol Officer, Detective, and Patrol Sergeant. In addition, he served for 7 years with the Seacoast Emergency Response Team and is currently a Team Leader. Nick is also a current member of the department’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team and previously served as a member of the Crime Scene Team.

Nick is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served in the infantry for 4 years. He is also a veteran of the United States Navy Reserves, where he served as an Intelligence Analyst for 5 years. Nick has six awesome kids whom he enjoys spending time with when he is not at work. He looks forward to the next chapter of his career as a Patrol Lieutenant.